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Dear Attorney General Holder:

This is why we are "a nation of cowards" when discussing matters of race.

From The Washington Post:

The headline, illustration and text of "Below the Beltway," a column in The Washington Post Magazine today, may cause offense to readers. The magazine was printed before a widely publicized incident last week in which a chimpanzee attacked and badly mauled a woman in Stamford, Conn. In addition, the image and text inadvertently may conjure racial stereotypes that The Post does not countenance. We regret the lapse.

Since this illustration may upset the women and children and those with weak constitutions, I am posting it below the fold:

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The picture accompanied a humorous article about a medical study that suggests women can be aroused by almost anything, including a video of bonobos mating.

Of course we didn't need the WaPo to tell us this; any male who's lost a potential girlfriend to a questionable outlaw biker type (yes, I see those hands) knows that it's true.

Anyway, where was I?

Oh yes, the cartoon. Maybe an apology is due for the romance angle -- Sandra Herold, the owner of Travis the chimpanzee (who horribly disfigured and nearly killed a woman in a freak attack last week) treated him like a human being and even allowed him to sleep in the same bed with her.

But racial stereotypes? What racial stereotypes? Political correctness has apparently vanquished common sense. A Michelle Malkin commenter noted, "What a double standard for the liberals to preach that we evolved from apes and then scream when we compare people to them." For crying out loud, even Maureen Dowd admires bonobos.

Then again, the racial fear mongers have so poisoned the national dialog that even using the arcane word niggardly can be interpreted as a racial slur. So I'm really not surprised at the over-reaction of the Washington Post.

I'm really, really beginning to miss the free speech of the Bush years.


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Comments (25)

j58 - And what specifically... (Below threshold)
Marc:

j58 - And what specifically was in this post that led you to think(?) the author didn't want "an open honest discussion on race?"

Justice58By your log... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

Justice58
By your logic, anyone who is bothered by being call lazy, welfare babies, delinquents, criminals, worthless or the infamous N-word is really just a matter of their conscience eating at them. That is ridiculous.

Open, honest discussion? G... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Open, honest discussion? Good.

Haranguing lectures about how you're wrong, wrong WRONG for NOT believing like the lecturer is something else again.

How about the ones claiming we're 'cowards' put up what THEIR ideal world would look like? I'm thinking for a lot of us it'd look awfully familiar, and for most of us we're already judging people by the content of their character instead of the melanin shade. But THAT isn't good enough.

Indifference to race and color simply isn't an option with those who can't see beyond their need to blast someone for not believing like that do. We've come a long way in the last 50 years, but the race-baiting malcontents who want what THEY consider perfection NOW do themselves no favors in advancing the cause.

j58 - And what specifica... (Below threshold)

j58 - And what specifically was in this post that led you to think(?) the author didn't want "an open honest discussion on race?"

I'll go with, "Beacuse of His/Her Overly Simplistic Generalizations and Perceptions of Any and All Things Republican" for $800, Alex....

"believing like that do."</... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"believing like that do."

Make that... "believing like they do."

Coward? I can't believe he ... (Below threshold)

Coward? I can't believe he called America cowards about this topic. The problem is when this issue is raised the Al Sharpton's, Jessie Jackson's and Rev. Wright's jump in and warp the debate to the extremes and make the issue impossible to debate.

For Pete's sake, Sharpton picketed the NY Post over the cops and monkey cartoon. There wasn't a thing wrong with that cartoon! If the debate is over that, then we cannot have a constructive discussion.

The problem is that we are NOT cowards. WE are tired of having ridiculous discussions about extremes and not about what really happens in the country in relation to race.

I have had great "constructive" discussions about race when the extremes are not thrown into it. We need to be reasonable on both sides and NOT follow the leads from the Al Sharpton's, Jessie Jackson's and Rev. Wright's.


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Liberals do not want to hav... (Below threshold)

Liberals do not want to have an honest discussion about race. That's the last thing they want. In fact, liberals care about race only insofar as they can use it as a weapon against their political opponents.

So it's not racist to assum... (Below threshold)

So it's not racist to assume that a picture of a monkey is actually a metaphor for a black man? Every picture of an ape is racist, just on the face of it?

Is the Post actually trying to confirm that blacks are apes? That's what it looks like, ironically. Is the Post now a Stormfront newspaper?

It's not the color of people's skin I'm worried about; it's the thinness of it.

STOP APOLOGIZING! You're making an ass out of yourself. (Uh oh, I compared journalists to a donkey!)

How do you get rid of racis... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

How do you get rid of racism?

Ask Morgan Freeman.

Of course, such a thing is anathema to the race-baiting poverty pimps who are dependent on racism for ensuring their employment. Where would Al Sharpton or Jessie Jackson be without a perception of racism?

Working for a living, lol.

PF - "I'll go with, "Be... (Below threshold)
Marc:

PF - "I'll go with, "Beacuse of His/Her Overly Simplistic Generalizations and Perceptions of Any and All Things Republican" for $800, Alex...."


ding.... ding... DING, DOUBLE JEOPARDY.

Okay - that didn't work. T... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Okay - that didn't work. Take a look at Morgan Freeman's interview " target="_blank">here.

JLawson, I'm DYIN' to read ... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

JLawson, I'm DYIN' to read what Freeman said - but alas still the linky is brokey ....

:)

Not having much luck with l... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Not having much luck with links today... Maybe this one?

Here.

Sorry, Oyster! Looks like ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Sorry, Oyster! Looks like the linky be fixey now.

j58 - And what specifica... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

j58 - And what specifically was in this post that led you to think(?) the author didn't want "an open honest discussion on race?"


I didn't see anything that led me to believe the author did want an open honest discussion on race.

j58 - "I didn't see any... (Below threshold)
marc:

j58 - "I didn't see anything that led me to believe the author did want an open honest discussion on race."

Nice non-answer. How typical of you. Anything else in your bag of tricks?

But, I have to ask, what was missing that made you believe what you do?

what was missing that ma... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

what was missing that made you believe what you do?


The author's blown opportunity to have a serious discussion. But you know, why waste time on something that could help move the country forward in race relations. What's more important than getting digs in at someone's race. What's more important than belittling someone in order to make one feel superior. It was a wasteful blown opportunity to really do something good that would have helped a lot of people. Sad.

Justice, how about being ho... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Justice, how about being honest. The victim mentality is what is hurting the african american community. Almost every time there appears to be a chance for a discussion on race, your black leaders shout "victim, victim, victim". So save your breath by you leacturing us on a "serious" discussion. It cannot happen as long as the loud shouters are in control of the mike. I include you in there because of your past racist comments about white people. So, grow up. I am guilty of nothing except working hard, raising a family and paying my taxes as I watch those that do nothing for no one get my tax dollars. ww

j58 - "The author's blo... (Below threshold)
marc:

j58 - "The author's blown opportunity to have a serious discussion. But you know, why waste time on something that could help move the country forward in race relations."

So?

Correct that "blown" opportunity, address the subject to him and me.

Lets talk.

Justice, you have got to be... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Justice, you have got to be kidding right? When do you not spew your hate? ww

Justice, you have got to... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

Justice, you have got to be kidding right? When do you not spew your hate?

No dammit. Show me proof where I stated anything racists against white people. You can't because you're a liar./b>
depp=true
notiz=Your abuse is tiring and boring. Buh bye

BLACK AMERICA AND THE N-WOR... (Below threshold)

BLACK AMERICA AND THE N-WORD:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP2U0jmZjec

Lets face the hard bitter f... (Below threshold)
JNash:

Lets face the hard bitter facts,this entire political race, as in the election, was never about race to the majority of voting whites. Thats not saying some back wood redneck didn't throw a racial slur or two. However, if a white man didn't choose to vote for Obama, he is a racist.

>"However, if a white ma... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

>"However, if a white man didn't choose to vote for Obama, he is a racist."

Yeah, 'cause it simply COULDN'T be about the lack of experience Obama's had, or his professed political aims, or his ideas. Gotta be about the skin, 'cause the Skin is IN!

We laugh because it hurts a... (Below threshold)
Michael D. Houst:

We laugh because it hurts and we are relieved that we aren't the ones hurting; otherwise we'd be crying. At it's best, laughter is an expression of empathy with the person hurt; at it's worst, it is joy at hurting the other person.

I'm 50 years old, does that mean we should ban all jokes about age?

I'm a man, should we ban all jokes about men?

I'm a father, should we ban all jokes about parents?

I'm a husband, should we ban all jokes about spouses?

I work in a cubical, should we execute Scott Adams for his Dilbert cartoons?

I'm black, should we ban all cartoons and articles about monkeys, apes, and other anthropomorphic comparisons between animals and people because on a bad day I might think you were comparing ME with one of them?

I'm white, should we ban all cartoons and articles about polar bears, snowy owls, snow leopards, blind worms, or anything else of pale or white coloration because on a bad day I might think you were comparing ME with one of them?

To call the NY Post cartoon about the chimp and the stimulus package racist is to show a pathological over-identification with the subjects in the cartoon. Those who do so have finally, clearly, decisively proven that they are no longer capable of intelligent, objective discourse on the subject of racism. These people must be put aside as they are no longer the solution to the problems of racism; but can only define themselves by, and justify their existence, by fanning the very flames of racism they claim to abhore.




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